As Rome began to send in spies among the churches, and as false brethren disguised as Christians began to come into the Church that they may spy out and lead many away from the faith, and their savior Jesus Christ. Both Paul and John began to address the issues within the churches by the leading of the Holy Spirit.
And Paul encouraging the brothers and faithful men of the faith to stand on what they have heard taught about Christ from the beginning. Wrote a letter to the churches in Galatians, and the rest of Asia found in Galatians 1:6-9, “I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another.
But there be some that trouble you and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you, than what we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. And as we have said before, so say I now again, that if any man preaches any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursed.”
And John writing to the Church in Pergamos; wrote according to the message of God to his people. Revelation 2:12-16, “And to the angel of the Church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which has the sharp sword with two edges.
I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holds fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful victim, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
But I have a few things against thee because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.”
And addressing the Church, the candlestick, and the angel, and or the leader over the Church in Pergamos, God was revealing and confirming he understood the troubles he the angel of the Church was facing because of those coming into the body of his people to teach a doctrine of fornication and idolatry that will move God to send judgment among his people.
However, this judgment was not to destroy his people, it was to rather cleanse and remove the falsehood, and false prophets from the midst of his people. But should God pour out his wrath upon the Church to destroy his enemies among his people, the body of Christ might become fearful because of what they were experiencing as they find many were cursed by the hands of God?
This was the outcome among the brethren who were taking for granted the ceremony that honors the death of their Lord Jesus Christ. When they came to take part in the Lord’s supper, they came with a double-minded approach. They had failed to honor the Lord Jesus Christ because like Judas, they were both sitting at the table of Christ’s enemies in honor unto a strange God, betrayers of Christ, and then in pretense sit at the Lord’s table to take part in the ceremony that honors Jesus the coming king.
David wrote of these things and practices concerning these men, and Judas their leader. Psalms 41:7-11 “All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt. An evil disease, say they, cleaves fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.
Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, has lifted his heel against me. But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may retaliate against them. By this, I know that thou favor me because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.”
And in agreement with David, and to avoid the judgment of God, John wrote to the angel in Pergamos that he should deal with the issues within the Church. He was to cast out from among God’s sheep, candlesticks, and Church those men who have taken up a place of authority over his people so that the influences of these men may perish with them.
But if the angel of the Church in Pergamos fails to do these things, God will surely visit his enemies among his people. However, not to destroy his people, but to uproot evil men. 1 Corinthians 11:26-30 “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he comes.
Wherefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eats and drink unworthily, eats and drink damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. And because of this many are weak and sickly among you, and many have fallen asleep.”
Revelation 2:16-17 “Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone, a new name is written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.